Doing Good Work for its Own Sake

To find out that many scholars use craftsmanship as emblem for professionalism was surprise for me, because I have never before thought about it as something more than just an amateur hobby. In ‘Good Work: The Ethics of Craftsmanship’ Kunneman is explaining the connection between professional knowledge and action and the significance of good work providing Freidson’s definition of professionalism: ‘commitment to a particular body of knowledge and skill both for its own sake and for the use to which it is put – that is to say, commitment to preserve, refine, and elaborate that knowledge and skill, to do good work, and, where is has application to worldly problems, to perform it well for the benefit of others – to do Good Works.’

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